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2009-179-1125 - Special Masters appt City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: October 14, 2009 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: General Fund‐Code Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No x Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X Sponsor Name Sonja K. Dickens, City Attorney Department: Office of the City Attorney Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, APPOINTING NATALIE E. OCE AND REGINE MONESTIME AS SPECIAL MASTERS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE Summary: The City previously established a Code Enforcement Special Master Program in the City to preside over appeals of code enforcement citations, stormwater utility fees and red light camera hearings. Recently, one of the City’s Special Masters, Jimmy Morales, had to resign from his position. In light of this fact and the fact that due to the Dangerous Intersection Ordinance, the City needs additional Special Masters, the City Attorney is recommending the appointment of additional Special Masters. Natalie E. Oce has served as Special Master for the City of Miami Gardens in the past, and the City Attorney is recommending that she be reappointed as a Special Master to serve a term ending December 10, 2010. Regine Monestime is well versed in municipal matters and currently serves as a Special Master for the City of Sunny Isles Beach and as the City Attorney for the City of Florida City. ITEM J-2) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Appointing Special Masters 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Proposed Action: That the City Council approves the appointment of Natalie E. Oce and Regine Monestime as Special Masters with terms ending December 2010. Attachment: Resume of Natalie Oce and Regine Monestine. REGINE MONESTIME, ESQUIRE 909 North Miami Beach, Blvd., Suite 501 North Miami Beach, FL 33162 305-653-4710 * 305-653-4709 reginemonestime@bellsouth.net EXPERIENCE: CIRCUIT COURT CIVIL MEDIATOR: Florida Supreme Court Certified 08.09-Present SPECIAL MASTER: City of Sunny Isles 10.09-Present CITY ATTORNEY: The City of Florida City, Miami, FL 02.08-Present Legal advisor to the City Commission, City Administrative Staff, and various boards of the City; directs the City's legal services; analyzes legislation affecting the City; prepares legislation, contracts, agreements and other legal documents; reviews the legality or sufficiency of resolutions, contracts, and other legal documents; attends meetings of the City Commission, and various committees and boards; renders legal advice on matters on the agenda; represents the City in law suits and administrative hearings; researches, interprets laws, court decisions, and other legal authority in the preparation of opinions and briefs. ATTORNEY AT LAW: The Monestime Firm, P.A., Miami, FL. 04/05-Present Board Certified in Appellate Practice. Handle civil, criminal and immigration state and federal appeals, research and write legal memorandum as well as trial support and consultation. Handle Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy cases. ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY: City of Miami, Miami, Fl., 01/02 –0 4/05 Handled the office’s multi-discipline comprehensive appellate practice, covering many diverse areas of law including general tort, federal civil rights, labor, code enforcement and general municipal law issues. Provided legal advice and direction to City Commission, City Manager, Department Heads, Boards and Committees. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL: Office of the Attorney General-Criminal Appeals, Miami, FL. 05/99-12/01 Handled Criminal Appeals before the Third District Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Florida, Post conviction related Cases before the Criminal Circuit Court and Federal District Court. ATTORNEY AT LAW: Law Offices of Regine Monestime, Miami, FL. 02/98-05/99 Solo Solo Practitioner. Handled immigration, family and real estate cases. JUDICIAL LAW CLERK: Third District Court of Appeals, Miami, FL. 08/96-02/98 Clerked for Appellate Court Judge. Researched and Drafted Memoranda and Court Opinions. Advised and Assisted Judge on Solving Various Civil and Criminal Legal Issues. 1 of 2 Page 2 of 2 JUDICIAL LAW CLERK: State of Florida 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami, FL. Summer 1995 Researched and Drafted Memoranda on Various Civil Law Issues. Drafted Opinions for County Court Appellate Cases. Assisted Judge in Organizing and Managing Caseload. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice United States District Court-Southern District of Florida United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Florida International University College of Law Advisory Board Past President, Haitian Lawyers Association Florida Association of Women Lawyers EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF LAW Juris Doctorate, May 1996 UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO PARIS INSTITUTE ON INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW PROGRAM Paris, France -Summer 1994 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA B.S. in Psychology, May 1992 REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST